High Five (Stephanie Plum, #5)
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High Five (Stephanie Plum #5)

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"Half Hungarian, half Italian, and all Jersey, smart, sassy Stephanie Plum is at it again in a raucous, all-new adventure! Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie throws caution to the wind and follows in the entrepreneurial bootsteps of Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, engaging in morally correct and marginally legal enterprises. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to smi...more
Published (first published June 1st 1999)
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The Holy Terror
I think my last status update says it all: "These books are such a cocktease." I don't know why I keep checking these out from the library. Some supernatural force keeps pulling me down the Mystery aisle and forcing these books into my hands. I can't explain my fascination otherwise.

I don't really like Stephanie, the mysteries are contrived and ridiculous, her family is annoying, the love triangle is BEYOND frustrating, and the constant addition of "let's see how crazy THIS supporting character...more
Patrick Gibson
Ah, Stephanie—what has happened to your uncle who seems to have gone missing? Who cares? It’s the journey and not the . . . well, you know the rest. If you are reading this series from the beginning then you will get the jokes i.e. when the fire alarm goes off in the funeral home everyone looks towards Ms. Plum. She has a history. Evanovich has here style of writing perfected (good thing because there are nine more novels in this series)—short pithy sentences, detailing a swiftly moving story. L...more
Tilly Slaton
Broke. No one is skipping out on bail. Struggling with the lack of satisfaction .. in life .. and with the two sexiest men on the planet, Stephanie Plum finds herself intertwined in family drama when asked to investigate and locate her Uncle Fred.

Flying purple-headed piglet Vinnie, is making money left and right. He doesn’t play much of a role in this book, but that doesn’t keep the small statements from ripping gasping laughter from my gut.

“Vinnie’s overjoyed,” Connie said. “He’s making money b...more
Dorothy
Aug 23, 2012 Dorothy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of mysteries and strong women
I didn't find this entry quite as entertaining as #4, but it held my interest nevertheless.

In it, Stephanie is asked to find her Uncle Fred who has gone missing. As usual with her investigations, this leads her down strange and convoluted but ultimated connected roads.

Her luck (bad) with cars continues. They have a way of getting blown up or disappearing on her.

Her relationship with Morelli continues - on another level. She's moved out of his apartment and called off the sexual affair, but she c...more
Albert Balbutin
I was walking around Barnes and Noble book hunting when I came across a yellow book with a colorful title. It reminded me of the 80's and I love 80's-like colors.

I started reading the 1st page without looking at its premise and was already hooked on Stephanie Plum's explanation on how she was much like Barbie without pants. I remembered looking at Barbie dolls as a kid, in the 80's! So I bought the book. Note: im not gay.

80's color theme plus Barbie equals 80's for the win.

Oh, and Evanovich's na...more
Christa
High Five is another quirky, often humorous mystery that features bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. In this book, Stephanie's Uncle Fred has gone missing, and her family thinks that she is just the one to find him. Uncle Fred's disappearance takes a sinister turn when his desk reveals photos of body parts. As Stephanie tries to find out what happened to him, several people she interview turn up dead and she must work to find out who is behind the murders. Stephanie's life is comlicated in this book...more
Heather
I blew right through this one so I'll keep things brief...

Highlights include:
1. Ranger is in the wind
2. Ranger, no longer disguised as Batman, makes a play for Stephanie, yum
3. Stephanie beats a midget/little person
4. Morelli delivers the most curt, but steamy line yet that will send heat straight to your doodah. Raunchy yes, but true none the less.
Samanthap3
Once again I've finished an another Janet Evanovich book. This time it's High Five. In High Five bail jumping in Trenton is down to a small rate. Stephanie's only open case is a small bond, for a small violation, committed by a small person who raises Stephanie's frustration level in big ways. So, short of money and long on bills, Stephanie comes up with a plan. Signing on as an intern with Super Bounty Hunter Ranger, Stephanie ventures into Ranger's mostly morally correct and "semi" legal opera...more
Michelle Kelly
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Alisha
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rachel
These books are egregiously formulaic, but they are cozies. You know what to expect, down to the types of plot minutiae Evanovich will use to fill in the gaps of Stephanie's life -- junk food, that damn hamster, racism, beautician trips. Her car will blow up. She'll get stalked.

And yet I love the sense of place that Evanovich creates with each of these books. It comforts me, all the squat, characterless brick apartment buildings and tiny, shuttered row homes of Trenton. The garbage in the street...more
Catherine
I was just about to go out and buy this and Seven Up when I spotted a Bookcrossing copy on a shelf of books waiting to be released. I wasn't sure if I should be glad I'd no longer any need to spend the money or annoyed that I had needlessly stopped at the end of book 4 the other week.

Started this one on Sunday morning and bang! straight back up to speed with Stephanie and the gang. I like the way that the backstory is filled in as and when needed in a quick sentence or two when other authors mig...more
Nicole Green
This book had to be the most interesting of the five I have read so far. Benito Ramirez is back, Stephanie gets into a brawl with a midget, and her uncle has creepy photos of a dead person hidden away in his desk. What is not to love about this book? I also felt that in this book we got to see Stephanie start to mature a little bit more, she's exercising more and she isn't doing that bad of a job being a bounty hunter/working for Ranger. Except for the explosions, midget brawls, and losing a 15...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Steph confusion, destroyed vehicles, lost clients, it's all in a days work for her.

The books have sustained the fun and characters through 5 books here and that's pretty good. I have given all these books 3 stars and as I said probably wouldn't have come across them on my own, but found them "largely" fun. They have some draw backs...but they're very readable.

Oops...typos galore.

The books are amusing and will give a lot of laughs. However they do become repetitive and frankly after a while I beg...more
Stephanie Burkhart
Evanovich pens another delightful romp with Stephanie Plum through Trenton, New Jersey with "High Five." Uncle Fred has gone missing and it's slow at the bond agency so Stephanie decides to help out and look for her uncle. Unfortunately, all she gets is trouble.

Stephanie meets with Aunt Mabel and learns Fred was in a dispute with the garbage company. She discovers Fred was cheap, a cheater, and had photos of a dead person. She reports them to the police. Soon she's being followed by a bookie nam...more
Kristi, A Book Fanatic
Gotta love Stephanie Plum!! What could be better than a stun gunning Grandma, elderly neighbors packing heat, a midget that refuses to leave your house, a missing uncle, two very hot men that desire you, and exploding vehicles? Can't wait to read number 6!! :)
J.W. Thompson
This was one of my favorites. I have read them all and recommend them to anyone who likes a laugh with their action.
Evil Twin One (Ange)
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she did it again. I loved this one. Stephanie still has no luck with cars. I think she set a record for how many cars she lost or got destroyed. I think the one that got flattened by the trash truck after it exploded was my favorite. then again the one stolen while her and Lula were apprehending the Fta was pretty funny.

grandma mazur had me laughing hysterically as usual.

the situation with Ranger is an interesting twist and as much as I love him I'm still hoping she picked Jo...more
Jackie Lane
Stephanie Plum, Bounty Hunter, is back.

Her Uncle Fred is missing and she is asked by her family to help locate him. Apparently he went out to Grand Union and the dry cleaners and was going to stop at the garbage company with a cancelled check because there was a mix up and he never came home.

Stephanie's latest FTA is Randy Briggs, a “little person”. While Stephanie was attempting to apprehend Briggs, she destroyed his door, his apartment got ransacked and Briggs tumbled down the stairs. Briggs s...more
Serena!
Probabilmente risulterò ripetitiva, perché tutto ciò che ho scritto sui libri precendenti è vero anche per questa recensione.. E forse ciò potrebbe essere a svantaggio della Evanovich perché è un'autrice "ripetitivA" e c he rimane ancorata ai suoi schemi, ma che posso farci se ogni volta mi fa fare un sacco di risate e non vedo l'ora di sapere quale altra catastrofe aspetta Stephanie all'angolo?!
Ci sono degli elementi comuni che ritornano, come ad esempio le macchine che scoppiano (a causa di un...more
Quillracer
I swore after slogging through Four To Score that I'd never read another Stephanie Plum book.

So why did I pick up this one? Good question. Maybe because I'm a glutton for punishment. Maybe because I was hoping the series would get better. Maybe because I was hoping Stephanie Plum would get her act together and become a (semi)competent bounty hunter.

Sadly, she hasn't. She still can't find water in a lake and solves her cases by dumb luck. She still can't hang onto a cool car for any length of tim...more
Lisabet Sarai
I have to admit that I'm a snob when it comes to best sellers. Most likely this causes me to lose out on some enjoyable reading experiences. When I picked up HIGH FIVE at a used book sale, I didn't have particularly high expectations. I knew that Janet Evanovich was really popular, ergo I assumed the worst about her work.

I was very wrong. I'm in love with Stephanie Plum, and I can understand why so many other readers are too. HIGH FIVE is tightly written, engaging and very funny. I only wish I c...more
Lauren
I’m going to keep this brief, because I know sometimes posts about books that are second, third, or, as in this case, fifth in the series can get kind of tedious to all those who have not read the first few yet. All I will say before I get into things that may be slight spoiler territory is that I have had my ups and downs with this series (none of the books were awful, but some were definitely better than others), but this book was the best yet. The Stephanie Plum series is chick lit with a lov...more
Brionna
Sep 07, 2008 Brionna rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for brain candy
What can I say? I'm hooked on these books. The writing is mediocre, to be sure. It's pulp-y and if I allow myself a half a second, I'm a bit offended by the first chapter of the next book being at the end of the book you just finished. It weakens your resolve AND assumes you care, which you do because you get sucked in by that first chapter and find yourself at Half-Price Books cursing the fact that they have every single one BUT the one you need (in my case, Hot Six and two weeks ago, Three for...more
Ines
This series is an amazing good mix of mystery and laughs, and this book doesn't disappoint at all. Stephanie's uncle is missing and even though he was known to be a scrooge, he might have been onto something bad when he disappeared. Stephanie is asked to look for her uncle, while Vinnie doesn't have much work for her. Since money is starting to become a problem, she decides to ask Ranger for some help on getting her a job. Hilarity and explosions ensue. I didn't realise how much I missed big exp...more
Punk
Mystery. Stephanie Plum. This time her uncle's disappeared, the boxer that tried to kill her in the first book is out of jail, and she's got a midget and some guy named Bunchy on her case. Lots of Morelli and Ranger in this one, including a MYSTERY SEX ENDING. I'm still on Team Morelli, but Ranger's moving up in the polls thanks to the flirting and the trying to keep Stephanie in cars. Despite a rocky start ("OMG, Stephanie, get a better lock, move, change your name, something!"), Bunchy and the...more
Angela
What's a bounty hunter to do when there is no one to hunt down? Well, you go to a fellow bounty hunter who seems to always be busy no matter how slow it is where you work that's what. Stephanie is a pay check to pay check kind of girl, and this whole "dry spell" of work is not what she needs or wants. She isn't thrilled with the case that does come her way of a measly 70 bucks, but it's more than nothing. In the meantime she starts working with Ranger on "special" assignments he picks up from......more
Marla
Lots of Ranger goodness in this one. I'm sure there was some complicated plot, but I was mostly focused on the Ranger parts, re-read most of them. =P It was frustrating that the creepy Ramirez dude would show up just after or just before Ranger, I would have liked Ranger to have taken care of the problem, but I'm glad Ramirez was eventually taken care of, one creepy dude.

I'm still not sure what the purpose of the Little Person was. I kept waiting for him to have some other roll, what with all hi...more
Alison
Another high five from me for Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series!

I swear, I couldn't help but laugh out loud. Hysterical!!

The bounty hunter business is slow these days, so Stephanie Plum has been asked by her family to follow up on her Uncle Fred's disappearance. Even that investigation is going slow, so she takes on a "small" FTA (Failure to Appear) case...a case that won't go away, as in, won't leave her apartment. Still, she needs to pay her rent (and the bill for a hot dress she bought...more
Tawny Taylor
What I think is interesting about these books is how easy it is for me to overlook the weaknesses and just enjoy the the journey. The plots aren't really mystery plots, and our heroine generally doesn't solve the cases, the whodunnit is generally revealed by someone else. Stephanie sometimes acts like a TSTL romance heroine, running around unarmed while people try to blow her up or kidnap her. But I can't stop snatching up these books and devouring them. I just love Lula the 'ho and Grandma Mazu...more
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
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